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State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

Business
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible sale of four AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft and related equipment to Tunisia for an estimated $ 325.8 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday. According to DSCA, the government of Tunisia as asked to buy four Wolverine aircraft along with a variety supporting equipment, including but not limited to 312 MAU-169 computer control groups, 468 MK81 250 LB GP bombs and 3,290 advanced precision kill weapon systems -- as well as bomb components and practice bombs. "The proposed sale will improve Tunisia's ability to meet current and future threats by increasing their capability and capacity to counter-terrorism and other violent extremist organization threats," said the DSCA's announcement. The DSCA...
State Department plans no future coronavirus evacuations

State Department plans no future coronavirus evacuations

Health
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- State Department officials Friday cautioned that American citizens trapped in areas impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in the future should not rely on government-sponsored evacuation flights to get them home. The comments were made by Ian Brownlee, acting assistant secretary at Bureau of Consular Affairs, during a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention briefing with reporters. They came less than 24 hours after his department advised U.S. citizens to "reconsider" traveling on cruise ships to or within Asia for the time being, until the virus has been contained. The CDC and State Department currently have travel advisories in effect for all of China, and has cautioned people planning travel to Japan and Hong Kong. The flights "do not reflect standard practice" at...
State of the Union: Trump hails ‘American comeback’

State of the Union: Trump hails ‘American comeback’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has hailed the "great American comeback" in a speech to Congress that exposed sharp divisions at the top of US politics.At his annual State of the Union address, Mr Trump set out his case for another four years in office.He was speaking on the eve of his expected acquittal on corruption charges in his impeachment trial.At one point the Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of his speech behind him.The Republican president delivered Tuesday night's nationally televised speech in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where he was impeached in December.His trial in the upper chamber, the Senate, culminates on Wednesday but with Republicans in charge...
Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Premier Daniel Andrews extended Victoria's first-ever state of disaster on Thursday as worsening weather conditions are forecast to further inflame ongoing bushfires that have ravaged southeastern Australia for months. "We don't lightly extend the state of disaster. We've done it because we believe that it will save lives and that, after all, is the most important thing," Andrews said during a press conference. At least 25 people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and some 10 million hectares of land have been scorched this fire season throughout southeastern Australia, and officials in three states on Thursday are bracing for increasing temperatures and strong winds that will continue into the weekend after a short respite of milder weather. "While there's...